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CEO's ex-wife backs bid to unseal Romney testimony

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 2:51pm  ET

By DENISE LAVOIE
Associated Press

CANTON, Mass. (AP) - The ex-wife of Staples founder Tom Stemberg is in probate court in Massachusetts to tell a judge she's OK with unsealing testimony that former Gov. Mitt Romney gave in her divorce case.

Maureen Sullivan Stemberg appeared in court Wednesday morning with lawyer Gloria Allred. The Boston Globe has asked a judge to lift an impoundment order on Romney's testimony in the case from the 1990s.

Tom Stemberg has been a surrogate for Romney, now the Republican presidential nominee, and spoke on Romney's behalf at the GOP convention. Staples was founded with backing from Romney's firm, Bain Capital.

Allred says she does not object to the newspaper's motion to modify a confidentiality order that prevents parties in the divorce from discussing it.

She would not characterize Romney's testimony in the case.


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